Miss Achieve­ment con­tes­tants shine

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion teens place at provin­cial schol­ar­ship pageant

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion has fared well in the Miss Achieve­ment New­found­land and Labrador pageant in St John’s. This year, three young women not only com­peted, but also placed in the Top 10 at the event, in­clud­ing Kylie Jackson, pic­tured here stand­ing be­tween a couple of Miss Trin­ity Con­cep­tions. Each girl has many mem­o­ries to take away from the event.

For three young ladies from Trin­ity Con­cep­tion, the week­end of Nov. 12-15 was one they won’t soon forget.

Re­becca Bishop of Bay Roberts, Har­bour Grace’s Bri­anna Meadus and Kylie Jackson from South Dildo were all par­tic­i­pants in the Miss Achieve­ment schol­ar­ship com­pe­ti­tion at the Holy Heart of Mary au­di­to­rium in St. John’s. In fact, all three took a spot in the Top 10.

Re­becca, who is 18 years old, was awarded the sec­ond-run­ner-up award at the com­pe­ti­tion. She was a con­tes­tant at last year’s event as well.

The poised pageant vet­eran was so happy to take part in an event that show­cases, not only con­fi­dence and aca­demics, but friend­ships as well.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence was amaz­ing,” she told The Com­pass. “Win­ning sec­ond run­ner up was just a bonus. I made so many in­cred­i­ble friend­ships.” Kylie, who is also 18, felt the same. “I made so many friend­ships that I know will last a long time,” Kylie said. “I grew so much as a per­son and re­al­ized things about my­self I didn’t know.”

For the youngest com­peti­tor from the re­gion, Bri­anna, who is 14, this was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Through my week­end com­pet­ing in Miss Achieve­ment NL I learned so many things, went to new places and made many friends,” she said.

I grew so much as a per­son and re­al­ized things about my­self I didn’t know. Kylie Jackson South Dildo

Last teen pageant

Be­cause 18 is the cut off age to par­tic­i­pate, Re­becca and Kylie will not be able to com­pete next year. But that won’t stop them from re­turn­ing. Re­becca will serve as a chap­er­one, and Kylie is keen to help out.

Both girls have com­peted in sev­eral teen pageants, in­clud­ing Miss Teen Trin­ity Con­cep­tion. In 2014, Re­becca was first run­ner up to Kylie, who took home the crown.

“I gained con­fi­dence and pub­lic speak­ing skills,” Kylie noted.

Re­becca sees the pageant as an op­por­tu­nity for young women from New­found­land and Labrador to be rec­og­nized for their achieve­ments.

“I would rec­om­mend this pro­gram so any young women in the prov­ince,” she said. “It is with­out a doubt in­cred­i­ble.”

Top 10

For some, the idea of com­pet­ing in a pageant is about glam­our and beauty. But for the Miss Achieve­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion, it’s about show­cas­ing con­fi­dence, pub­lic speak­ing skills, the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively and aca­demics.

In fact, 95 per cent of the score is al­ready done be­fore the con­tes­tants step on the stage.

The girls en­joyed their time on stage, get­ting to show­case them­selves and dress in el­e­gant gowns. But they mostly en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate.

“From the fit­ness test to laser tag we took part in many dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties and had fun no mat­ter what we were do­ing, this past week­end is a week­end I wont forget,” said Bri­anna.

Events

Be­sides the com­pe­ti­tion, all 20 con­tes­tants took part in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the week­end. From laser tag to a pre­sen­ta­tion from Barry Lewis Green, pub­lic speak­ing and mo­ti­va­tional coach, the girls par­tic­i­pated in many dif­fer­ent events.

Re­becca was the only one of the three to re­veal her favourite event.

“My favourite part would be the happy tree open­ing at the Avalon Mall,” she ex­claimed. “That was great — hand­ing out candy canes and ask­ing the kids what they wanted Santa to bring them for Christ­mas.”

Other events in­cluded a tour of Steele Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, photo shoot with Har­bour Grace pho­tog­ra­pher Sheena Martin, tour of the House of As­sem­bly and a party bus ride.

There was also a tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion, which was judged by a panel that con­sisted of three peo­ple from Trin­ity Con­cep­tion — Craig Sharpe from Up­per Is­land Cove and twins Natasha and Stephanie War­ren from Chapel Arm — as well as Bar­bara Ash­ley, daugh­ter to the first Miss New­found­land and Labrador, Is­abella Ash­ley.

SHEENA MARTIN/BELLA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Re­becca Bishop of Bay Roberts.

SHEENA MARTIN/BELLA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Bri­anna Meadus of Har­bour Grace.

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